Long-distance swimmer and respected sports commentator has in more recent years spoken out on issues of glbtq rights.
Indian playwright, screenwriter, dancer, director, and actor Mahesh Dattani is an important figure in South Asian gay culture by virtue of his recurrent depiction of queer characters.
Entertainer Josephine Baker achieved acclaim as the twentieth century's first international black female sex symbol, but kept carefully hidden her many sexual liaisons with women, which continued from adolescence to the end of her life.
American painter Paul Cadmus is best known for the satiric innocence of his frequently censored paintings of burly men in skin-tight clothes, but he also created works that celebrate same-sex domesticity.
San Francisco visual artist Jerome Caja is known for his small, sensuous combinations of found objects, which he painted with nail polish, makeup, and glitter, as well as for his drag performances.
Although sparse in images documenting the gay community, pre-Stonewall gay male photography blurs the boundaries between art, erotica, and social history.
Female impersonation need say nothing about sexual identity, but it has for a long time been almost an institutionalized aspect of gay male culture.
Given the historic stigma around making, circulating, and possessing overtly homoerotic images, the visual arts have been especially important for providing a socially sanctioned arena for depicting the naked male body and suggesting homoerotic desire.
Scott Gill (left) and John Barrowman.
Congratulations to television and musical theater star John Barrowman and his architect husband Scott Gill, who married in California on July 2, 2013. The couple, who have been together for 20 years, entered into a civil partnership in the United Kingdom in 2006, but decided to marry following the Supreme Court's rulings that permitted the resumption of same-sex marriages in California and struck down the Defense of Marriage Act.
Barrowman announced the news in two brief video clips posted on his WhoSay account.
Barrowman is a native Scotsman who was reared in the United States and first found fame in London's West End. An accomplished actor and singer, he has won plaudits as a musical theater star and concert performer as well as for his roles in film and television, especially Doctor Who and Torchwood. As a singer, he is especially known for his extremely skillful interpretations of the works of Cole Porter, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Stephen Sondheim.
As Linda Rapp points out in her glbtq.com entry on him, Barrowman is unusual among actors for having been completely honest about his sexuality from the very beginning of his show business career. As he told Gay Times interviewer Rupert Smith in 2004, "There's a received idea that being openly gay in the TV industry will limit your ability to get work, but I decided early on that I wouldn't hide anything. If you lie about yourself, then people are going to work very hard to expose that lie. If you're honest, it's not an issue and you can just get on with your life. . . . As far as the public goes, they see me playing different characters, some straight, some gay. They can make their own assumptions."
Ironically, Barrowman lost one coveted television role because he was perceived as "too straight." He was turned down for the role of Will in the NBC sitcom Will and Grace. Heterosexual actor Eric McCormack was cast in the role.
The couple's ideas about marriage have evolved since they entered into a civil partnership. Then Barrowman disliked the use of the word marriage for gay unions because, he said, "It's something that has the connotation of religion, and religion is something that hates or dislikes gay people. . . . Why would I want to have a word like that connected with me and Scott?"
The BBC Wales clip below from 2006 reports on the couple's civil partnership.
The fan video below presents numerous images of Barrowman and Gill set to Barrowman's rendition of "Time after Time."